‘DOLLHOUSE’ WORLD _ charity fundraising project
Traditional dollhouses are often a reflection of a certain reality. They are in relation to the things we know. But what if a child doesn’t perceive those relationships at all and has its own rules and its own world? What then changes in the perception of that reality and how must the dollhouse change to do justice to it?
Dollhouses for children with an energy metabolism disease. Every week in The Netherlands 1 or 2 children are born with an energy metabolism disease. It is a merciless disease and there is no cure yet. Half of the children die before their 10th birthday and 70% of these children do not reach adulthood. The research for a medicine for this disease is of vital importance. Peter Masselink, architect and father of Sverre, (who suffers from an energy metabolism disease) Imre, (who died from the same disease) and Juliet, asked 20 architects to make a link between having an energy metabolism disease and a dollhouse.
The special dollhouses that were created will be exhibited throughout the Netherlands and then auctioned.
There is also a beautiful book published and released by with all the dollhouses and backgrounds, which is available through Dolls House.
The proceeds benefit Energy4all and Stofwisselkracht for research into energy metabolic diseases and finding a cure.
Title Book: 1:12. Imagination In Healthcare Architecture
Ko Jacobs, E.a. , Publisher Artez Press , ISBN 9789491444425
Dollhouse’World _ Atelier PUUUR
Dollhouse’Wereld is more than a dollhouse for children to play with together or alone. It can be connected in different ways and therefore it can be played with in many ways, sitting, lying or standing, what you feel like at that time, every time another world will arise. You can change it by connecting separate elements, stacking them or placing them separately in the room. The switching of the elements into ever new forms is in itself a spatial game. You are challenged in your creativity to make new head shapes each time. The elements are abstract and scale-free, allowing them to become a stand-alone object and they can also be used in another of the child’s games. The elements have the same shape or are mirrored, making them switchable.
It can be a building with many rooms, a street with several houses, a village with houses spread over a space with squares and streets, which the children can move between, but it can also become a train or a snake.
The product of their fantasy world can be spread throughout a space, or piled up in one place, and it constantly changes shape along with the game. By constantly adding elements a larger world is created.
Client: Dolls House – collection initiative Peter Masselink
Dollhouses: 20 architects – 20 pieces
start: nov 2016 –
Exhibitions: various locations through NL A.o. Dutch Design Week Eindhoven 2017
Auction: to be determined
Dollhouse is built in collaboration with Studio KU+